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Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976

An Approach to Setting Up the Zone

An Approach to Setting Up the Zone

Following is one possible line of approach which has been discussed with regard to the establishment of a Nuclear Free Zone.

The zone would include as members all independent States and self governing territories in the South and central Pacific. Actual negotiations to set up the zone could be conducted through the South Pacific Forum, while the South Pacific Conference could involve the three colonial and nuclear powers in the region - Britain. USA and France.

It would also probably be necessary to call one or more special conferences to include the Soviet Union. China, India, Japan, Indonesia and the other Asean countries, Vietnam, Chile, Peru and Mexico. To be fully effective, the zone would need to be acceded to by the USA, Britain and France in particular, and undertakings from the Soviet Union would be essential to increase the sense of security of potential members.